Friday, November 10, 2006

Stolen childhood


dream through those twinkling eyes
are not dead despite a lost delight
life's hard equations barbed on them
fencing their basic right to life
their misery wrapped in disguise
bleeding to turn a deadly cancer
over time in nations future
the promise of youth
lies naked on streets
begging so they can have a life
dungeons of a stolen childhood
petrified their dreamy eyes
living for they don't have a choice
while the rest of us can have
an unabashed rejoice
these young angels work
in deadly establishments
with no contrasts of day and night
feeding their families
burning their flesh
in assaults on their mind soul and flesh
robbed of the beauty of innocence
time would turn them to mass violence
for what the society cant give them today
will be snatched form it tomorrow...

18 Comments:

Anonymous Grain Saint... said...

wow! and again!
see that's exactly my point ..ur poetry is alive ..it draws heavily on imagery I instantly connect to ..and lemme not get started on the pertinence of ur stuff ..class act!

P.S.: The country does need people like you with credible cranial sensibilities! Bests, for ICS!

P.P.S.: Glad to discover ur blog ..love the intellectual flavour of ur writing :)

Sun Nov 19, 08:57:00 PM 2006  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste meetu
Stolen childhood is touching post
reading such things makes me very sad though.loved the post.
happy blogging
came through blogger friends
cheers
jhaji.

Sun Nov 19, 08:58:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Sun Nov 19, 09:08:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's keep the hope alive
or we can't survive

Sun Nov 19, 09:11:00 PM 2006  
Blogger jac said...

the words reverberate
the pic expressive

Well done, meet !

Mon Nov 20, 05:37:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Samba said...

For a change, shall we try to be realistic? We all hate poverty don't we? After all lack of money is the root of all evil! And ofcourse we hate child labor. But lemme offer the perspectives of an economist, although I'm not one.

When we say something is good or bad, we need to ask ourselves, "compared to what?" Child labor is bad. But is it really bad, when we compare it to starvation? If work can afford a child even a fraction of the basic necessities, is it really as bad as it sounds? Let's accept facts, the parents of these children are poor, illiterate and not the micest creatures on the planet. That's a given. and yes, their environment sucks. These kids gotta make a living with all these givens.

Charity is great. But is there enough of it? Like all good things in life, charity is a scarce commodity. Are we willing to give up some of the things we think are essential to better the lot of these impoverished kids? We lament their loss of innocence. What is the dollar figure we put on their innocence? With all our holy intentions, I bet the figure doesn't exceed a few dimes. Do we even take the time to think about where innocence would take them? I have an answer - to hell. They need to get rid of their innocence to live in the world they do.

We tend to form a picture of rights, duties, ethics, privileges based on our brought up. We seldom realize that these basic assumptions don't hold in case of someone with a different brought up. We respect education. We develop what we call professionalism. We tend to have a long term view. But these are things our brought up gave us. A kid begging to make Rs. 10 a day, can he care less about education, even if we are offering it free? Can he dream of becoming a VP at a hedge fund when he is not sure whether he gets to eat tomorrow? Can he afford to give a damn about all our good intentions?

Darwin's theory of evolution reveals that every species adapts itself to its environment. My guess is, the lifestyle, the work ethic, the decision making of these kids is best adapted to survive in their habitat.

Mon Nov 20, 05:22:00 PM 2006  
Blogger meetu said...

welcome sanjay. waiting for ur reviews.

Tue Nov 21, 03:45:00 AM 2006  
Blogger meetu said...

jac ..

:)


mind ...but we do very little for them and i m ashamed of that at times

Tue Nov 21, 03:46:00 AM 2006  
Blogger meetu said...

samba

i cant argue with that but the harsh reality is we just pay lip service and there is no workable solution in sight . i seriously cant dispute ur analysis.but i sincerely hope they do not have to live with the bitter truth u brought to light and there are some hopes still alive that we can do something about.

Tue Nov 21, 03:49:00 AM 2006  
Blogger sanjay jha said...

nameste meetu,
thank you for dropping in and your comment was very encouraging,
happy blogging,link me if you can
cheers
jhaji.

Tue Nov 21, 06:15:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Enigma said...

stumbled over ur blog . keep blogging

Wed Nov 22, 10:31:00 AM 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have a beautiful thanksgiving day!

Wed Nov 22, 05:32:00 PM 2006  
Blogger jac said...

meet, you changed your mail ID and my card bounced !!!

Fri Nov 24, 10:33:00 PM 2006  
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